SEDS Special Initiatives

Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies Initiative

One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives.  In pursuit of this goal, ANA launched a special funding initiative under the Social and Economic Development Strategies grant competition in fiscal year 2013: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies, or SEEDS.

Four priorities that ANA promotes through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) the creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) the provision of professional training and skill development to increase participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) the creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy for and commitment to keeping jobs and revenue generated by project activities within the Native communities being served.  

Native Asset Building Initiative

The Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI), launched in fiscal year 2012, is another special funding initiative under ANA’s Social and Economic Development Strategies grant competition. NABI is a partnership between the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and Office of Community Services (OCS).  The partnership focuses on building the capacity of tribes and Native organizations to effectively plan projects and develop competitive applications for funding under the Office of Community Services’ Assets for Independence (AFI) program. 

The AFI focus of each project requires that eligible participants are given access to matched savings accounts, called Individual Development Accounts (IDA), in which participants save earned income for the purchase of a home, for business capitalization, or to attend higher education or training. Participants are also given access to other supportive services that enable them to become more financially secure. The IDA portion of the project is funded by OCS. 

ANA funds may be used to pay for costs associated with the administration of the AFI-funded IDA project and the provision of other asset building activities, such as financial literacy education and coaching on money management and consumer issues.

Applicants submit one application identifying a single work plan with two budgets, reflecting OCS-AFI funding and ANA-SEDS funding separately. Each successful application receives two awards; one from OCS, and one from ANA.

Click here for more information about AFI and the NABI partnership.